STEVE WALLACE RUMBLES IN PRESEASON THUNDER --Second-Year Wheelman Overcomes Adversity to Post Top-Five Effort-- DAYTONA BEACH, FL (January 23, 2007)--All teams face adversity, but only the best ones learn to overcome it. That is exactly what...
STEVE WALLACE RUMBLES IN PRESEASON THUNDER --Second-Year Wheelman Overcomes Adversity to Post Top-Five Effort--
DAYTONA BEACH, FL (January 23, 2007)--All teams face adversity, but only the best ones learn to overcome it. That is exactly what Steve Wallace and Team Atreus Homes & Communities Rusty Wallace Racing did this week in NASCAR Nationwide Series preseason testing at Daytona International Speedway.
In just his second season, the 20 year-old wheelman posted the fifth-fastest single-car lap of the month (50.132 seconds, 179.526 MPH), in preparation for the February 16th running of the 300-mile Daytona event, arguably the most prestigious round on the 35-race schedule.
Although an incident on Monday's afternoon caused damage to one of the team's cars, Wallace and his Harold Holly-led team refused to quit. "It was a real shame that we had that problem. I went to turn out of the garage and just had no brakes; that's all there was to it. It was just a communication issue; that's to be expected when we're all working together at the track for the first time ever. In all honesty though, we were going to rework the front end of that car a little bit anyway. Our fab shop guys are incredible; within a day, they were already finished with the repairs to the car and were working on the revisions we had planned," said Wallace.
Wallace continued, "This just really proves to us that all of the changes we made in the offseason are working so far. Harold (Holly, crew chief) and I are really starting to get along well. He has ton of knowledge and has become a huge asset to our team already. I have to tell you, I'm really excited about the prospects for this year."
One of those changes was the addition of a second entry (No. 64) at Rusty Wallace Racing, driven by Cup Series veteran, David Stremme. That team fared well in testing too, posting the month's 14th fastest lap (50.477 seconds, 178.299 MPH) at the "World Center of Racing."
Noted Stremme, "I was really pleased with the level of teamwork that our guys showed this week. Our car wasn't quite where we needed it to be over the first couple of days, but the 66 car was really fast. Harold Holly and his guys didn't hesitate to help us out. We tried a lot of the things that those guys were doing and we picked up a ton. There's a lot of potential here. These guys can win races and that's exactly what we plan to do this year."